The general consensus among baseball fans is that PNC Park and AT&T Park are the two nicest stadiums in baseball today. Where things get interesting is when people name their third-favorite park.
After visiting Comerica Park in Detroit, I would be hard-pressed not to put it in that third spot.
The first thing you notice when arriving to Comerica Park is that you’re definitely at the home of the Tigers. Sitting right next to Ford Field, the home of the Lions, Comerica is chock full of tiger status and tiger heads on the outside of the stadium. And it’s really well done.
Make sure to spend some time before the game to walk around the field and see all the different gates. Each one is designed slightly different, and there are plenty of places where you can tailgate or get a pre-game drink at one of the many bars around the park.
Getting to Comerica early gives you plenty of time to explore the various attractions at the park, and to get some great views of the field and city.
If you have young kids, you can take them to the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round that inside the park. You can also teach them about Tigers history — and maybe learn some facts yourself — with the pillars on the concourse that host some memorabilia, and highlights key players in Tigers history.
If you want even more history, venture out to the outfield. The two brick walls in that go along centerfield feature the retired numbers and honored names in Tigers’ history, and there are statues dedicated to most of them out there too.
From centerfield, you can also venture down to front row and get a good view into the bullpens. I also found myself staying there for a couple of innings, and watching the action from the railing above the shrubs in center. It gives you a great view to catch all of the action.
Once the game gets going, it’s hard to find a bad seat in the house. As mentioned before, the view from center is highly recommended and it may be hard to go to your assigned seat once the game starts.
My ticket location was up in Section 338, a little past third base in the upper deck. There, you’ll get a fantastic view of the action, and can see the Detroit skyline. Even if you don’t have a ticket for that area, make a venture over there to check it out. Plus, there’s a section cut out of the seats on the other side, allowing you an ever-present view of the Fox Theater sign. That’s a nice touch.
The view from behind the plate allows you to see it all: Ford Field towering over the stadium by the left-field foul pole, the Detroit skyline, all the action going on in the bullpen. Right field has a more limited view of the skyline (which is one of the best features of having a ballpark in the city) but it is still pretty neat to have Ford Field as a constant in your sightline.
Getting to and from Comerica Park is easy too. I was staying a little north of the city, and there was minimal traffic getting to the park on the Saturday evening when I went. I parked in the Ford Field parking deck for a very reasonable $15. Was only a couple minute walk to get to Comerica too. Even though the game ended around 12:30 a.m., it was a nice and easy walk back to the parking deck, especially with the sports area being one of the best districts in Detroit. Getting back on the highway was easy too, as it took maybe 2 minutes from the time I left the deck to getting back on the interstate.
And if you want to continue to hang around the park, there are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to grab something to eat or wet your whistle.
All in all, Comerica is a must-visit for any baseball fan, and a good time for all.